It is indicated that 39 percent of women suffer from chronic pelvic pain typically in women from the ages 26 to 30. Often times a hysterectomy is used to treat this issue. Chronic pelvic pain can be caused by uterine fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease and bowel and bladder issues like irritable bowel syndrome.
A hysterectomy should be considered a last resort for chronic pelvic pain, especially since many types of pelvic pain aren’t cured by surgery. There are alternatives to hysterectomy for chronic pelvic pain, but it is important to speak to your doctor about your specific case. For instance, chronic pelvic pain due to uterine fibroids would not be treated the same way as chronic pelvic pain caused by an inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn’s.
Alternatives to hysterectomy for chronic pelvic pain include:
- Stopping cramping caused from ovulation with hormonal methods like birth control pills
- Relaxation exercises like yoga, biofeedback and physical therapy
- Medication injected into painful areas, called abdominal trigger injections, in the lower wall of the abdomen can help relieve pain.
- Antibiotics may work if the pain is a symptom of inflammatory bowel disease as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
- Psychological counseling
It is important to consult with your doctor when deciding on treatments to chronic pelvic pain. Although there are alternatives to hysterectomy, sometimes a hysterectomy may be the best option. If you have any questions regarding alternatives to a hysterectomy for chronic pelvic pain please contact NVSCC’s, a Las Vegas cancer center, website or call us at 702-739-6467.